The History of Silat Avenue Along Bukit Merah / Outram
Avenue South Residence located near Outram, that is a planning area situated in the Central Area of the Central Region of Singapore. It is bounded by these planning areas: Bukit Merah to the west, the Downtown to the south and east, and Singapore River to the north. Outram runs from the junction of Havelock Road and Kim Seng Road and ends at the junction of New Bridge Road and Cantonment Road. Before 1853, Outram Road used to be known as Cantonment Road. It was later renamed Outram Road following its separation from Cantonment Road. The area was named in 1858 after James Outram (Sir), in commemoration of his heroic contribution in the 1857 Indian mutiny.
In 1966, HDB bought the site where the former Outram Road Prison was situated at $4.5 million. The site was developed by HDB’s Urban Renewal Department to house some of the earliest public flats along the road with shops below the flats. Outram Road School was opened in 1906 and later renamed to Outram School in 1939. The school continued as a primary school until when it was changed to a secondary school in 1954. Today, the school is known as Outram Secondary School. The school was relocated from Outram Road to York Hill next to Chin Swee Road in 1968.
Outram Road forms a junction with Seng Poh Road and Tiong Bahru Road and linked to Central Expressway ay the Outram Flyover. Outram Road is packed with many hotels in the vicinity since it is next to Chinatown which is a famous tourist destination. Some of the hotels situated at the junction of Outram Road and Havelock Road include Hotel Miramar, Copthorne King’s Hotel and Hotel Novotel Apollo Singapore (now Furama Riverfront Hotel).
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The Singapore General Hospital is situated at the junction of New Bridge Road and Outram Road. SGH has been operating since 1882. Also found within the grounds of the hospital are Singapore National Eye Centre, National Neuroscience Institute, National Heart Centre, National Cancer Centre, National Dental Centre, Health Promotion Board, and the Health Sciences Authority. The site that housed the former Institute of Health Building built in 1958 now houses a commercial property with 17,000 sq ft of the space occupied by an advertising agency. Other buildings along Outram Road include Tan Boon Liat and YWCA Outram Centre Building.
Outram Planning Area boasts of a wealthy cultural heritage and architectural history that is well displayed through its conserved shophouses in the region. UD guidelines are geared towards complementing the region’s cultural heritage.